Labour Beyond Cosatu

Mapping The Rupture In South Africa's Labour Landscape

272 pages

July, 2017

ISBN: 9781776140534

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Andries Bezuidenhout is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria. He holds a PhD from the University of the Witwaters¬rand. Previously, he worked as a researcher at the Sociology of Work Unit (now the Society, Work and Development Institute) at the University of the Witwatersrand, to which he is still attached as an associate

Malehoko Tshoaedi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria. She holds a PhD from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She has lectured in Sociology at the University of Johannesburg and at the University of South Africa, and has also worked as a researcher in the Sociology of Work Unit (now the Society, Work and Development Institute) at the University of the Witwatersrand

Andries Bezuidenhout is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria. He holds a PhD from the University of the Witwaters¬rand. Previously, he worked as a researcher at the Sociology of Work Unit (now the Society, Work and Development Institute) at the University of the Witwatersrand, to which he is still attached as an associate

Malehoko Tshoaedi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria. She holds a PhD from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She has lectured in Sociology at the University of Johannesburg and at the University of South Africa, and has also worked as a researcher in the Sociology of Work Unit (now the Society, Work and Development Institute) at the University of the Witwatersrand

Christine Bischoff (née Psoulis) works for the Wits City Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has worked on most of the earlier surveys of Cosatu members and has co-authored book chapters and journal articles on the findings of the longitudinal study. She is currently working on her PhD at the Uni¬versity of Pretoria

Rebellions and conflicts in the trade unions, and rivalries between Cosatu affiliates in South Africa. 

Labour Beyond Cosatu is the fourth volume in the series Taking Democracy Seriously _ a ground-breaking, textured and nuanced study on workers and democracy _ which was established in the 1990s. The series looks at members of trade unions affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and provides a rich database of trade union members and research conducted over the past twenty years. It is one of the very few such resources available to researchers anywhere in the world. Labour Beyond Cosatu paints a complex picture. The 12 chapters of the volume explore various rebellions and conflicts in the trade union sector, starting with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and rivalries between Cosatu affiliates. Unpacking the conflicts between state-sector and private-sector workers, contributors look at the impact of generational and educational shifts, seen by some commentators as proof that Cosatu is now ?middle class?. The book also raises the issue of gender in the unions by usefully locating the controversy around charges levelled at Zwelinzima Vavi in 2013 in the larger context of serious problems in the gender politics within parts of Cosatu. Refuting the image of a union federation solidly committed to the ANC, Labour Beyond Cosatu presents evidence of a sharp decline in support for the ANC within Cosatu, and growing scepticism towards the Alliance. It shows that attempts to understand the labour movement in South Africa in the future will need to include research of smaller, independent unions and social movements. The volume?s contributors make a major contribution to key debates on labour and democracy, providing new material that can potentially shift the discussion in important ways. This book will be of great value to students and researchers in Industrial Sociology, Political Studies, Industrial Psychology and Economics and Management.